Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hicks Gravestone

Mt. Olivet is the burial place of my maternal grandparents, Nace Hicks, Sr. and Willie Estes Hicks. Keith A. McCoy, a cousin and son of Robertine Charles, is also buried here. Mount Olivet is located at 4000 Norman Mayer Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana.

I took this picture while attending my aunt's funeral, Gladys Hicks Butler, on August 25, 2012.  Gladys is also buried at Mt Olivet.

Providence Park & Mausoleum

Providence Park & Mausoleum is located at 8200 Airline Hwy in Metairie, Louisiana.  My parents, Harold and Augusta Bayonne, are buried here. Their home is about a block away from the cemetery.

Bayonne Gravestone

I took this picture of my parents' gravestone while in New Orleans attending the funeral of Mom's sister, Gladys Butler. Gladys died on August 16, 2012 and her funeral was August 25, 2012.

Wakefield Plaque

The Plaque states: 
Built in 1834 by
Lewis and Sarah
Turnbull Stirling
Two upper stories
removed in 1877
to effect partition
of estate.

Road to Wakefield Plantation

Wakefield Plantation

I recently acquired this photo of theWakefield Plantation while visiting St. Francisville, Louisiana. It is also referred to as the Stirling Plantation. Lewis Stirling and his wife, Sarah Turnbull Stirling resided in a 1807 log house until 1834 when the present house was built.

Members of my Morgan and Weathers families were slaves on this plantation.  Many of them were born, raised and died here. Lewis Stirling is their last slaveholder.

Wakefield plantation was originally two and one-half  stories, but in 1877 the house was divided by the heirs and two other houses were built from it. Those two houses later burned, leaving the original diminished house.  The current owners are Dr. Eugene and Jolie Berry. 

During the 42nd Annual Audubon Pilgrimage, March 15, 16, 17, 2013, eight homes will be opened  for tours including the Wakefield Plantation. This pilgrimage celebrates John Audubon's stay at the Oakley Plantation where he tutored a child and painted birds.

Wakefield Plantation